Family meals have been a part of tradition for a long time. It’s a time for the whole family to come together, sit and enjoy their meals while participating in conversations on different topics. This has taken various forms over time, and now it is seen as the instance when more than a single family member is having their meals simultaneously. Others see family meals to include at least one child and one parent eating together.
Family meals have now come to symbolise dinner more than any other meal time for people. This is due to the modern lifestyles of people. Everyone ends up with a different time table and family meals become a rare occurrence which is apparently saved for only special occasions. People are caught in routine. School and extracurricular activities, colleges, work and other commitments ensures that almost every day the only time when the whole family can be seen at home is at night, just in time for dinner. At the end of the day, quite literally, families get time to sit together to have the last supper before retiring to sleep.
Fall And Rise Of The Trend Of Family Meals
There was a rise in discussion and lamenting of the disappearance of this trend of families having meals together. People blamed the rushed modern lifestyles and cultural changes associated with rise of nuclear families where people had individual lives beyond the family. This meant that families spent fewer meals together and there remained barely a part of the day when the whole family is sitting together calmly. And what followed was a sharp decline in the practice of family discussion. Family meals went from being a part of the day to something which required commitment.
People started to notice the effects of lack of family meal times. Through the observation of across the world, we started seeing the trend resurface again. People began realizing the numerous amounts of benefits provided by family dinners. This further encouraging them to tweak their time tables slightly to ensure that the whole family eats together for at least a few days every week.
Still there were families which weren’t able to have a proper meal on weekdays due to prior commitments. If you are in the same boat, you should make sure that Sunday meals are had together for the whole family. To keep the atmosphere free from any distractions, many families adopt a ‘No electronics on the table’ policy to ensure that the time arranged is completely allowed for the family to connect together. Families might even shift away from the television and have meal at a designated dining table. There have been lots of connections between the frequency of people having meals with their family and nutritional intake. It also has a result on the rates of obesity, eating disorders and malpractices as well as having psychological effects. This has been found out through studies mainly focuses at adolescents.